Exploring the Seasons of Life:
A Conversation with End-of-Life Doula, Lynn Principe Golden
Meet Lynn Principe
Sacred Passage End of Life Doula
Wedding and Funeral Officaint
I am a mother, a daughter, a sister and a friend. I am a certified End of Life Sacred Passage Doula and Conscious Dying Educator with The Conscious Dying Institute, a Funeral Celebrant, a professionally trained artist, yoga instructor, massage therapist and Reiki practitioner with a desire to bring meaning and sacred practices to all transitions in life.
I have been honored to create meaningful ceremonies and to read, sing or simply hold a loving space at bedside while final breaths are taken. Holding space and listening with an open heart to hear stories of love, hope, fear and grief while reflecting a non judgmental awareness is my great passion. While I am based in the Tampa, Florida area, I am available to travel for end of life support, end of life ceremonies, speaking engagements and workshops.
Spending time with my family, traveling and working on creative projects, are among my favorite things.
What is and End of Life Doula?
An End of Life Doula or Death Doula provides non-medical support and comfort to the dying person and their family, which may include education and guidance as well as emotional, spiritual or practical care from as early as initial diagnosis through bereavement.
We're all just walking each other home.
I am sorry
Please forgive me
I love you
What does a Doula Do?
Body: Hands-on non medical comforting care
Spirit: Prayerful, meditative presence
Intellect: Life review, reflection, legacy work
Emotional: Support family dynamics, grief, forgiveness
Practical: After death care and attendance
Before Care Planning
Working together to identify your vision, your current reality, and creation of action steps to manifest end of life priorities.From practical advanced directives and beyond to emotional, spiritual, physical, mental and practical domains.
During Active and Imminent Death
Vigil bedside care, comfort care including, but not limited to, VSED support, prayerful companionship, touch, easing the breath, relaxation, and forgiveness. Provide emotional and spiritual support to caregivers and families.
After Death Care
Support dignified body care with essential oils. Create and guide rituals and body preparation in accordance with your care plan. Grief support and attendance.
Provide practical information and support for cremation and burial according to your values and priorities. Alternative and sustainable referrals are available
Conscious Dying Principles and Practices
Create a healing environment
Provide emotional and spiritual support
Initiate conversations about the dying process
Practice self care, reduce burnout and emotional fatigue
Demystify the stages about the dying process
Acknowledge mysteries and unexplained events
Learn how to be with intense emotions
Honor other's beliefs
Be a steward of conscious deaths
No one dies alone
"The social workers and nurses who have met Lynn on transition visits have told me what a blessing she is to the patients and Families she has served. Her calming presence and innate knowledge of what people need at such a sensitive time in their lives is what makes her so effective in her role as an end-of-life doula."
-Judie Bortness, Suncoast Hospice